DATE: May 29, 2010 - Memorial Day Weekend
THEME: Woot Cellars!
HOST: cheron98 (PM for directions) - Metro Detroit Area
Due to the bottle limitations for tasting and space issues in my house, this event will be limited to the first 24 people who CONFIRM that they are coming. Overflow will be listed on a first-come-first-served basis. Maybes are listed in no particular order.
*2. cheron98 +1
*4. crabbyman22 +1
*13. evanssm1 +1
*14. tommythecat78 (Guest Room #1)
*15. tommythecat78 +1 (Guest Room #1)
*18. crusaderRabbit +1
4. tomaste +1
8. misswinegirl +1
- Corrado +1
- jcogbil +1
- anyone else who misses this one!!
Have you wanted to try all of the Woot Cellars wines but haven't been able to get your hands on some of them?
HERE'S YOUR CHANCE!
I have (or will soon have) in my possession at least one bottle of every Woot Cellars wine created - all the way back to the original Rinfrescante. If any further offers show up between now and the time of this gathering, they will also be in attendance.
LOCAL HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS
All hotels listed are within 5 miles from my house.
Chez Octocat - accommodations for up to the first 4 couples or 5 guests (1 queen bed (guest room #1), 2 queen airbeds (guest room #2 and basement), 1 full futon, 1 couch). I have a third queen airbed but I dunno where to put it now that there's a futon.
InterContinental Hotel Group (Priority Club Rewards)
Holiday Inn Express, Northville ($92/night)
Crowne Plaza, Novi ($103/night)
Holiday Inn, Novi ($82/night)
Holiday Inn Express, Novi ($99/night)
Candlewood Suites, Farmington Hills ($83/night)
Hilton (Hilton HHonors)
Hampton Inn, Northville ($68/night)
Embassy Suites, Livonia ($106/night)
Hilton Garden Inn, Plymouth ($85/night)
DoubleTree Hotel, Novi ($101/night)
Marriott (Marriott Rewards)
TownePlace Suites, Livonia ($90/night)
Fairfield Inn, Livonia ($89/night)
Residence Inn, Livonia ($114/night)
Courtyard, Novi ($119/night)
TownePlace Suites, Novi ($99/night)
Courtyard, Livonia ($99/night)
Marriott, Livonia ($87/night)
Starwood (Starwood Preferred Guests)
Sheraton, Novi ($109/night)
Estimated time from my place to the Chicago Skyway is 4 hours. If you're coming from the Chicago area and we end up doing the winery thing on Sunday, it may behoove you to head home afterwards, since we'll already be on the other side of the state. The Skyway is approximately 1 hour from the LMS Wine Trail. Of course, you're welcome to come back and take part in whatever Monday activities there are.
Out-of-towners may wish also to get in some Chicago time while out here if you have a car with you. You can always fly into Detroit and fly out of Chicago, and then just head to the Chicago area after the wine trail and spend Monday in Chicago.
For taxi service from/to the airport for our out-of-town friends, might I suggest Metro Airport Taxi, which has reasonable rates - $34 each way between my place and the airport. I am more than happy to come get people, however, I don't want to be spending too many hours going back and forth to the airport.
For Friday arrivals:
If you arrive in the evening, I will be more than happy to do an airport run after work to come get you. Offer is limited to the first 3 people arriving. Small car and all.
For Saturday arrivals:
As long as you arrive at least 2 hours prior to the event, I can come pick you up. I don't mind making 2 trips in the day, so we'll see what arrival times look like for arranging pick up.
For Sunday or Monday departures:
If you wish to depart on Sunday or Monday morning, arrangements can be made to drop you off before whatever group activity happens. If the group activity is still in the area, we can try to work something out.
For Tuesday departures:
I have to work. If your flight is in the morning, I am happy to bring you to the airport before I go to work, but it's gonna be crack-of-dawn early.
If you are in the McNamara terminal (Delta airlines & its partners), plan on it taking approx 30 minutes to get from check-in to the gate. Add about 10 minutes if you're checking bags.
If you are in the North terminal (everything else), plan on it taking approx 45 minutes to get from check-in to the gate. Add about 10 minutes if you're checking bags.
tommy & +1 @ TBD, Driving
We can do dinner or something - will figure out when we know what time you'll be here.
Arrivals: (times are approximate)
11:30am @ DTW
Lunch @ 1:00pm
Mirchi, excellent Southern Indian style cuisine. Less spicy, more delicious.
The Main Event @ 4:00pm:
Event Fee: $15pp, to help offset the cost of wines and food, which I am providing. For those coming with food - $5pp.
Wines on the Menu
2000 Woot Cellars Rinfrescante
2001 Woot Cellars Reboot
2004 Woot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Monkey Prize
2005 Woot Cellars Humbug!
2005 Woot Cellars Polyphemus
2005 Woot Cellars Tøøthstejnn Los Alamos
2005 Woot Cellars Emergency Holiday Provisions
2007 Woot Cellars Boss Monster
2008 Woot Cellars Triacipedis
2008 Woot Cellars Adequate Gift
2009 CyberPub Cellars Publend
Food on the Menu
ddeuddeg's Chocolate Cheesecake
bowtie's Juicy Lucy burgers, with various fillings
cjsiege's Chevre Pinwheels
cheron98's Grilled Veggies
cheese & crackers
chips & dips
Some kind of summery salad
I have a nice deck. If you wish to have port & cigars after all is said and done, you are welcome to bring them.
Games & Prizes
Bean Bag Races! - wine.woot! Bumper Sticker & Charms
$1 Raffle! - 1 bottle of Monkey Prize w/choice of Screaming Woot Monkey
Door Prize! - Empty bottle of Rinfrescante
-- 2-pack of Emergency Holiday Provisions - 1 bottle each of the original EHP and Adequate Gift (opening bid JUST $5)
-- 1 bottle (magnum!) of Polyphemus (opening bid JUST $5)
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
Due to space limitations at the wineries, we are being asked to limit our group size to 15. Thus, the first 15 who sign up will be able to go, and I would like to give preference to those who are from out-of-town, since locals should be able to fairly easily take a weekend of their own sometime to go. Thanks for understanding...
9:00am: Departure from my place
12:00 - 1:50pm: Domaine Berrien Cellars & Winery - $5 tasting fee, picnic lunch
2:00 - 2:45pm: Lemon Creek Winery - Art Fair, $1 per tasting, no reservations
3:00 - 4:15pm: Round Barn Winery/Brewery/Distillery - $7.50 tasting fee w/take-home glass
4:30 - 7:00pm: Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant - No tasting fee, dinner bill will be split among individuals
*2. cheron98 +1
*9. evanssm1 +1
*11. crusaderRabbit +1
Bomber for Breakfast!
I saw HitAnyKey42 on wine.woot! and clicked "I want one!"